Futures End #2

by F.D. White on May 14, 2014

Written by: Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire
Art by: Dan Green & Jesus Merino 

Where Futures End #1 was full of intrigue, action, and mystery, issue #2 sputters around the death of Green Arrow. This is supposed to mean something, and I’m sure it should, but it doesn’t. The reason it doesn’t is because I don’t know this Green Arrow. I didn’t follow him through the adventures they speak of in the issue. Most of the issue caters around his funeral and focuses on Mr. Terrific and Firestorm. Mr. Terrific is great as a pompous character who I could see turning into a villain down the road. Firestorm, however, is less appealing and the constant conflict between Ronnie and Rusch is already starting to get old. It doesn’t help that he hasn’t actually done ANYTHING yet in the series.

Batman Beyond’s portion of the story is, sadly, incredibly brief. It’s easily the best portion of the series so far. The writing is tight here and Terry and A.L.F.R.E.D.’s banter is actually interesting. I look forward to this portion of the story more than anything. Alongside these moments, were treated to more mystery and intrigue, more dominoes being set up to fall down. A lot of it doesn’t mean anything right now because of how vague it all is, but hopefully in a few issues we’ll see some pay off.

Dan Green and Jesus Merino’s art is solid, but nothing to particularly praise. It’s hard to follow up Patrick Zircher’s art from the previous issue. Nothing pops. Nothing stands out. These artists seem to be going through the motions. Their problems are like the rest of this issues problem. It’s just bland. 

Futures End from the start seemed to be a fun romp through the DC universe. Something that might not be incredibly thought-provoking, but nonetheless thrilling. Issue #2 is not fun, nor is thrilling. It’s a slog.

F.D. White is following Futures End to its End. For better or worse. You can follow him on Twitter @fdwhite19

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